BL-2 Diesel

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by mrgooch, Apr 9, 2002.

  1. mrgooch

    mrgooch Member

    Is anyone running this engine?
  2. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    The most recent operating BL-2 that I'm aware of was on the Cass scenic railway. The Bangor and Aroostook had them, but don't know if they're still in service.
  3. mrgooch

    mrgooch Member

    Thank you for the reply

    I was actually referring to a much smaller size.
  4. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Life-Like & Proto2000 (same company obviously, but I'm assuming the P2K version is slightly upscale) both make this puppy in HO scale. Various roadnames (including my fave).

    Doesn't look like anyone in N scale right now.

    BTW easiest way to check these queries is to go to and use their search function. Sometimes it returns extraneous items (i.e., decals, sunshades et al), but once you weed those out, you can find your answer pretty darned quick.

    PS - found 14 matches for BL2 at ebay as well. Mostly N scale there.
  5. BDC

    BDC Member

    In N-scale, the re-run by Lifelike of the BL2 was done last year. Engines are still quite plentiful both in stores and ebay. I have one and it is very nice. Starts at a very slow speed and runs very quietly. I think it uses the same motor as the SW1200. There was a review in MR magazine less than a year ago as well.

    The first link contains the MR review I mentioned, while the second link reviews the first run of the BL2 about 10 years ago.

    I'm suprised that RImike didn't mention that the Rock is well covered by LL's BL2 :)
  6. RI541

    RI541 Member


    I've got both of Life-Likes BL2's in the RI scheme and am quite pleased with both,the older one is in the blk/red scheme and the newer is maroon.


    I dont know if the B&A's BL2's are still around,The B&A is no longer around. I think the where bought out by Guilford or New England Cental. There are still alot of B&A cars still running the rails in NH and Vermont,My wife likes that line.
  7. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    I'm not sure how many BL-2's the Monon had, but one of them is still in service (in black & gold) pulling excursion trains at the Ky Railway Museum, in New Haven, Ky.
    (I got to ride in the cab for my birthday! :) )
  8. RI541

    RI541 Member

    I tell ya......some guys have all the luck:D :D

  9. BDC

    BDC Member

    These pictures are from the story about a restored BL2.

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  10. BDC

    BDC Member

    2nd pic

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  11. BDC

    BDC Member

    3rd pic - getting the engine ready for show-and-tell. That paint kinda looks like the LL BL2 Rock Island, doesn't it? (The new run)

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  12. mrgooch

    mrgooch Member

    Very Pretty

    I have gone out with woman alot uglier than that.
  13. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    That's a nice lookin' old lady!
    I can't tell if that one has that old single chime air horn...
    it has a very distinctive sound that'll really knock ya back about 40, or 50 years!
  14. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    I always cringe when I see pics of BL2's. They look like an amatuer's attempt at streamlining, the sort of thing a 2nd grader would draw with crayons. Ugly is not a word I'd use for it but "sad" is.
    However, the foto of it exiting the tunnel is probably the most acceptable viewpoint I can stand. The colour scheme does a lot for it in that foto.

    (Are we allowed to express our dislikes ?:) )

  15. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    I think you're right, Errol...
    The BL-2 was dubbed as sort of the "ugly duckling" of the EMD line, & it wasn't a big success story in the sales dept. either.
    But looking through the misty eyes of nostalgia has a way of improving the looks of lots of things...Anybody seen an Edsel lately?
  16. RI541

    RI541 Member

    Well as ugly as the BL2 is I still like the looks of them. It stands out in the crowd of GP's.

    Hey dont pick on the Edsel if it weren't for the Edsel the Beamers wouldn't have a grill.:D :D :D
  17. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Shane, in my eyes the BL2's are not totally devoid of character, it's just that it's rounded rear end creates the impression that there is no continuity between it and the train it's hauling, kinda like the GGI's of the Penn Central. ie, it looks like an add-on. (It's an aesthetic thing).

    Anyway, like you say... "It's different" :) .


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